Sketch time comes to an end, and Todd gives the designers the word that they'll be splitting up to handle the three tasks that go into this challenge separately. One team member will go to Pindler & Pindler to choose fabrics, another will buy furnishings at Pier One, and the third will grab a carpenter and get supplies at a suspiciously unnamed hardware store (though you would not be far off to consider it a depot for all the needs of your home). The teams get to decide amongst themselves who's going to do what, and this bit of busy work triggers a dispute between Ryan and Carisa that makes the Kansas-Missouri Border War look like a free and frank exchange of opposing viewpoints. With Goil taking care of any and all hardware needs, Carisa wants to be the one to make the Pier One trip; Ryan thinks that he and fabrics are a bad match. Why exactly he feels that way is left unsaid and will be for the historians to sort out. Because he's an artist, damn it, not a fabric picker? Childhood trauma at the Yarn Barn? Because picking fabrics is what girls do? I guess we'll never know. Goil sides with Ryan on the apparently critical "Let's Send Carisa to the Fabric Store" issue, leaving Carisa to fume in a post-incident interview. "I got stuck with the fabrics, I'm pretty sure, because I'm a girl," she sniffs. She's also concerned that Ryan's installation art background makes him ill-suited to pick out cabana furniture -- "He's an installation artist, and I think that's really great," she says in the tone of voice that seems to imply that she thinks it's the furthest thing from great that it could possibly be. Ryan handles this vote-of-confidence about as well as you might imagine: "I really wanted to go shopping because I think Carisa was probably the least qualified." This installment of Point-Counterpoint concludes with Carisa expressing her misgivings to the group and Ryan assuring her that he'll do a fine job. "I'm worried," she says. "No offense." "Well, whatever," he retorts. Say what you will, but you can't argue with a rejoinder like that.
Shopping montage! At the fabric store/law offices of Pindler & Pindler, Michael expresses confidence in his design abilities and fine taste; "I have yet to really let it shine through," he adds. Now would be a ducky time to start, my man. Carisa, meanwhile, is handling her fabric store assignment with all the grace and aplomb you'd expect from the youngest person (other than Michael) in the competition. "I'm not worried about what Ryan and Goil think of the fabric choices," she says. "I didn't want to go get fabric, and if they're not happy with it, well... I don't know." Yeah, self-sabotage and indifference -- that'll show 'em. The next time, they'll think twice about asking Carisa to do anything she doesn't wanna -- once one or all of them is eliminated, that is. Matt, by the way, is also shopping for fabrics for Team Miami, though he doesn't do or say anything worth making a comment about.